A Mother’s Body | Final Thoughts

Another year has come to an end for A Mother’s Body! This is my third time doing this project over the past 4 years and the thing I noticed the most this time around was how the messages have changed; maybe it’s because of social media, the body positivity movement, advertisers showing more diverse bodies, or just society as a whole moving forward, but I found the mothers much more willing and open to not only bare themselves physically, but emotionally as well. And the messages were all the same-these mothers wanted to be a good example for their children when it comes to loving their bodies, so they are all working hard on loving themselves every step of the way, in any phase of life, which is SO amazing! Post-partum is such a special and hard time for most mamas, so I really appreciate the effort and bravery it took to do this.

If I decide to do the project again (last year I had to cancel due to lack of participation but this year I had as many as I did my first year which was great), I definitely want to focus on getting more variety with my mommas (mommas of older kids in particular interest me because their perspectives are so different than new mamas, and ones that aren’t often represented; mommas of more than 1 child; and more diversity is always the goal), but I’m very happy with the images that I created this year and am super thankful for all the support this project has gotten over the years…thank you!

Finally, thank you to Rebecca, Erin, Kathrin, Stephanie, Jordan-Leigh, Alishia, Jessica and Caroline, and all their sweet babies and kids, for volunteering and sharing their experiences!

Happy Mother’s Day.

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A Mother’s Body | Jessica’s Story

The “A Mother’s Body” project is a photography project aiming to normalize, highlight and celebrate mothers’ bodies of all sizes, shapes and stages of motherhood.

  Welcome to Year 3!

I have always wanted kids and to experience what being pregnant was like so when I found out I was pregnant I was so excited but terrified at the same time. I didn’t know if I would be a good mom or where I would live because I did not want to raise a kid in an apartment. About a month before I had my first baby my parents bought me and my boyfriend a house so we moved in and got all settled. A little over a year later we found out we were expecting again, 2 days after I had surgery on my belly. Everything went well and we had a baby girl and even though my body has lots of sagging and lots of stretch marks my kids don’t see it and they don’t care. My body might not be perfect but it created two perfect and beautiful children who are the most amazing people in my life. We only have one body to love and cherish. We may look at ourself and not like the way we look but our kids don’t see any of that. They only want for you to love them and care for them. I have had my own struggles with raising two kids that are 22 months apart. Having depression and postpartum depression has been a big struggle with two kids and trying to deal with my own inner demons and trying to get myself right while trying to raise two kids. It’s a battle but I know that every person has to go threw struggles before you can really enjoy what life has for you. My kids lift me up every day and brighten my spirits when I’m having trouble.

My kids are the biggest and best part of my life. I would not change when I had kids or who I had kids with. My life is perfect with Edward who is two and Kara who is 3 months and my loving and supportive boyfriend of 6 years. I hope to be a big role model for my kids and for them to know they car do things and go places in life if that’s what they want to do. My kids are my everything and nothing will ever change that.

I want my kids to grow up strong, confident, kind, funny, healthy people who will love there body’s and to not care what others think of them because all that matters is if you love yourself.

Thank you Jessica (and Edward and Kara) for sharing your story!

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A Mother’s Body | Caroline’s Story

The “A Mother’s Body” project is a photography project aiming to normalize, highlight and celebrate mothers’ bodies of all sizes, shapes and stages of motherhood.

  Welcome to Year 3!

Something happens after having a baby. I tell other moms it is like a super power but it has more to do with having a new perspective. I used to be afraid of flying but after kids, I don’t have time to be scared because I am looking after them. It is the same with my body. I didnt love getting my picture taken and would be critical of myself when I did see me in a photo. Now, I see a happy, healthy woman who is doing the best at being a mother as she can be.

Than you Caroline (and Simone) for sharing your story!

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A Mother’s Body | Alishia’s Story

The “A Mother’s Body” project is a photography project aiming to normalize, highlight and celebrate mothers’ bodies of all sizes, shapes and stages of motherhood.

  Welcome to Year 3!

Growing up I’ve always struggled with loving my body. It wasn’t until I had Maisie, my beautiful little girl who I knew would soon be looking up to me, that I started feeling proud of my body. I started feeling proud of what my body had done by creating such an amazing gift and with every stretch mark that appears, I can’t help but smile. She has taught me how to truly love myself and I’m so grateful I will be able to teach her what she has taught me.

Thank you Alishia (and Maisie) for sharing your story!

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A Mother’s Body | Jordan-Leigh’s Story

The “A Mother’s Body” project is a photography project aiming to normalize, highlight and celebrate mothers’ bodies of all sizes, shapes and stages of motherhood.

  Welcome to Year 3!

My body and I have never gotten along. I would dread to be naked , wear shorts or even a swimsuit. When I discovered I was pregnant I was shocked , scared and delighted all at the same time. I loved myself finally! The glow , the new shaped baby bump , the clear skin and voluminous hair. Then the glow was gone. I lost all the weight I had gained while pregnant within a week .

A week turned into a month and month into a year and I’ve gained over 60 pounds. I didn’t know who or what I was anymore. I was embarrassed and disgusted in myself. I felt trapped in my mind and in my life . I thought everyone around me hated me and I was burden. I thought my son would be better off with another mom, because I couldn’t do anything right. I carried a lot of guilt because I had to start him on formula due to latching issues. I felt like a failure for not being able to master breastfeeding. I spent a lot of days in bed just staring at my son. I was diagnosed with post partum depression when my son was 5 weeks old. It was a scary thing to admit that I had. I begin therapy when he was about 4 months but by then I felt like I was better. I had helped myself on my own. But I still suffered with the insecurities in my parenting , relationships and myself. The nursing became easier and I feel like we’re old pros but I still had image issues . Then one day I came across the Mothers Body blog and realized I am a mother.

My body is a mothers body. It’s love , it’s comfort , it’s nourishment and it’s home for my son. The extra pounds and stretch marks mean nothing to my son and they shouldn’t mean anything to me. I’m finally learning to love myself and ask for help when I need it.

Thank you Jordan-Leigh (and Andrew) for sharing your story!

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